Life after retirement means a lot for workers, civil servants in particular. In their quest to live a meaningful life after leaving active service, an organ, Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP was instituted to work in conjunction with government at all levels, to address issues that concern their welfare in the country.
Since he left office about three years ago, former governor of Kwara State in North Central Nigeria, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has not managed to completely avoid the search light constantly beamed on him by the anti-graft agencies in Nigeria.
Just as he was settling down to enjoy reprieve from the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammud Dikko Abubakar, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, declared him wanted while he was far away in Saudi Arabia on lesser hajj.
Asamoah Kuffour, a Ghanaian, is a chef, who is based in Accra. He fell in love with Nigerian movies shown on Africa Magic of the Digital Satellite Television, DSTV of MultiChoice, owned by a South African firm. After watching some of the movies, especially the ones shot in Abuja, he concluded that there are no poor people in the FCT hence he decided to come over to seek greener pastures.
Lagos State Government last week approached the Supreme Court to challenge a decision of the Court of Appeal that discharged and acquitted the former Shief Security Officer, CSO, to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Mr. Lateef Shofolahan, for complicity in the murder of Mrs. Kudirat Abiola. The State Attorney General and commissioner for justice, Mr. Adeola Ipaye, disclosed the move to challenge the judgment of the appellate court, at a news conference in Lagos.
For an average Nigerian youth, the challenges of surviving in the very tasking contemporary world, many believe have created a state of despair in them with the attendant effects of vices. The vices include insecurity, drug addiction, cultism, and other criminality that have made the country a theatre of wanton destruction of lives and property.
Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, came under severe criticism over a statement attributed to her, that the Federal Government cannot afford the N92 billion demanded by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. Angry Nigerians, while describing her statement as deeply rooted in sentiments against the striking lecturers, declared that the minister was doing more harm to the nation’s economy, than good.
When President Goodluck Jonathan declared state of emergency in three states, namely, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, the mood of the nation was a mixture of high hope and reservations. While a section of the country felt that it was a declaration of war against the north and its citizens, others contended that it was the sanest and the boldest action taken by the Federal Government in the wake of gruesome killings of innocent Nigerians by terrorists in the some sections of the country, a belated one for that matter.
A battle of political supremacy is currently raging between incumbent governors, who are serving their second tenures in office, and incumbent Senators from their respective states. While the Senators would like to return to the National Assembly, the governors, who are rounding off their tenure are nurturing the ambition of going to the Senate.
Last year’s flood disaster which claimed lives and property running into billions of naira, had a huge impact on communities in the South-South geopolitical zone just as it did in several other communities in the country.
As a result of the unprecedented disaster, the capacity of respective management agencies and non-governmental organisations, NGOs, to respond to disasters of that proportion was put to the test.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has again been accused of using phantom companies to siphon funds from the state treasury, to the detriment of the Delta people.